filipinos as a whole are law-abiding and desire for a country much better than what we have now. more importantly as a whole, it is a country displeased with the moral bankruptcy that we are in now and we agree with chief justice puno for his call to form a visible moral force.
it’s a good idea. but there is a problem – it is a force in need of a leader.
leadership problems, its lack and poor quality, has been a perennial problem in the country. the leaders we find seem to always be fleeting, where we learn to love them, elect them into office only to be disappointed on that leader’s performance in office. this has happened so often that it is possible the country’s collective psyche has given up in finding the true leader for the country.
apathy has set in. that’s what happen to people who gets disappointed time and again over a period of time. the people in many ways have simply given up trying to find a leader.
calls of the kind that chief justice puno made and what needs to be solved as the philippine daily inquirer editorial has said are usually taken up by cory aquino.
cory aquino has the credentials and the right to be the country’s leader when it comes to morals.
she was a devoted wife to a husband admired by many in the country. she comes home with her husband from exile abroad and her husband is martyred at the tarmac of the manila international airport by the regime he fought. she is thrust into the national brain and heart and becomes the leader of the country’s moral force, then called EDSA revolution. she became president to effectively change the country’s history into a new chapter. not only did she do it once, she did it twice in EDSA Dos where she for the second time became one of the moral force leadership.
but with cory’s recent mea culpa to erap estrada for EDSA Dos, we think in a snap cory lost the stature of being the leader of the country’s moral force.
until now, we could not yet fully understand why cory apologized to erap. it is mind boggling considering that though the confirmation came years after EDSA Dos, erap estrada was in fact found guilty of economic plunder. in other words, the reasons EDSA Dos was launched to which cory was one of the leaders, was fully justified.
cj puno’s Moral Force could have been led by cardinal jaime sin but he has passed away. we can only imagine that a call like what puno made would have been immediately taken up by cardinal sin.
a force, specially a moral force, to be effective need a leader. the leader provides the soul, energy and momentum. without one, it is not truly a force but just a dream.